‘Selfless’ Footie Fan Who Helps Victims of Russia Ukraine War Scores Penalty in Everton’s Final Preseason Game

‘Selfless’ Footie Fan Who Helps Victims of Russia Ukraine War Scores Penalty in Everton’s Final Preseason Game

  • Paul Stratton was subbed on to take a penalty in Everton's last pre-season game against Dynamo Kyiv dubbed 'match for peace' on Friday
  • He beautifully scored from 12 yards as Everton walloped their Ukrainian counterparts 3-0 at the Goodison Park
  • A brace from new signing Dwight McNeil and a strike from lead marksman Dominic Calvert-Lewin gave Everton a morale-boosting win ahead of their Premier League opener against Chelsea

Football-loving fan Paul Stratton had a once-in-a-lifetime experience when he was subbed on to take a penalty in Everton's last pre-season match against Dynamo Kyiv on Friday, July 29.

Paul Stratton, a staunch fan of Everton, had the rarest of opportunities to feature in his team's final pre-season game when he was brought on by the Toffees in the final minutes.

In a video posted on Twitter, seen by Sports Brief, Stratton perfectly dispatched his penalty to give the Premier League side a '4-0' lead much to the admiration of the cheering crowd.

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'Altruistic' Everton fan who helped Ukrainian refugees scored a penalty in Everton's final pre-season game on Friday, July 29 2022. Photo credit: @LocallyNews247 @brfootball
Source: Twitter

He run off to the Gwladys Street End at Goodison Park before kissing the Everton badge in an emotional scene.

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Who is Paul Stratton?

Paul Stratton, a worker at the Liverpool Council, took a bold decision to assist fleeing refugees on the Ukrainian border at the inception of the Russia-Ukraine war in March.

According to the Liverpool Echo, the former Police officer travelled 1300 miles to Przemyśl, in Poland, for four days to assist victims of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, accompanied by a Polish phrasebook and a network of former police and army colleagues.

Ukraine express 'sadness' over Vladimir Putin chant in Turkey

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Ukraine's envoy to Turkey on Thursday expressed "sadness" over a chant of "Vladimir Putin" that rang out at a Champions League qualifying round football match in Istanbul involving Dynamo Kyiv.

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Images on social media showed a section of Fenerbahce's packed stadium singing the Russian president's name in response to Dynamo's first goal against the Istanbul side on Wednesday.

The Ukrainians won the match 2-1 after drawing 0-0 in the home leg played in Poland because of Russia's invasion.

Source: Sports Brief News